George Vance is our recently appointed Women’s Rugby Development Officer for the Tasman, and also age-grade co-ordinator. George in just a short time has made a significant contribution to growing our female participation in rugby.
What is the core role as you see it at Tasman RU?
An important core role is to develop Women’s Rugby. Since starting at TRU, I have met hundreds of passionate people, excited about growing the game. My focus is to provide an opportunity for more Women to play rugby and learn new skills, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
What is your career background prior to joining TRU?
I have always been interested in sport and being physically active. Rugby has been a major influence in my life, playing for both school and club. I was fortunate to play age-grade representative rugby for Wellington, Otago, and New Zealand Universities. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physical Education, majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies.
Tell us a bit about your personal life (family / interests)?
My family are Wellingtonians, with a strong history of sport involvement. My Grandfather, Rob Vance, was Chairman of New Zealand Cricket from 1978 to 1987. His first son, Robert Vance, was opening batsman for Wellington and New Zealand. The cricket gene must have missed my old man, Hamish. He may have been less patient and opted for a faster paced game, Rugby. He played for Wellington and the Junior All Blacks as a Hooker.
After five years at St Patricks College Silverstream, I moved to Dunedin to purse tertiary study. It was there that I met my gorgeous fiancée, Grace. Grace is now a Dentist at Pienaar Health Dental in Motueka. We moved to the Nelson/Tasman region for the outdoor adventure and friendly people. Outside of Rugby I enjoy surfing, water skiing, and diving (anything in the water).
Who was your favourite rugby player growing up?
As a young lad, I looked up to the great Kahu Marfell. His defence was dominating, yet he had the footwork and flamboyance of a top international dancer.
Who are your current favourite rugby players?
I wouldn’t say that I have any favorite players. However, I enjoy watching some of the guys I grew up playing with and against. Guys like Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, and Ngani Laumape are exciting to watch.